Saturday, February 27, 2010

Narragansett Lager

Around two months ago I was drinking Narragansett Lager, which the label brags is famous, brewed by Narragansett Brewing Company in Rochester, New York. This brewery has been around since 1890. I had never heard of it despite spending plenty of years in upstate New York. Go figure. Well, I must admit I bought this beer like 6 months ago, and it has sat in the refrigerator since then, always being passed up for something more intriguing. And I must also admit I have had extremely negative thoughts about this beer, for no reason whatsoever. But I'm over it. The label says "Made on honor. Sold on merit" and quotes a customer as recalling a famous breakfast special: "two pickled eggs and a 'Gansett". Ugh!

Earthy, grainy aroma. Not too powerful. The flavors are much the same. Grains to start with an earthy aspect. Some lemon pops in there too. Not watery and medium to upper-level carbonation, a bit prickly. Crisp, refreshing, easy drinking. You end with a dry finish. Simple and way above what I was expecting. This is what Bud wants to be. It's cheap too!

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Anonymous said...

If your Gansett can had a story on it, it is old beer. Gansett cans removed the stories from the cans about a year ago (spring 2009). As you know, beer should be served fresh. The stuff in my fridge has the following date codes on the cans 25809, 27809, and 30709. 258th, 279th and 307th days of 2009 they were canned. Haven't had any canned in 2010 yet! But, am drinking the oldest first.-John

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Thanks, anonymous. As I mentioned in the posting, I drank this around Christmastime and purchased it probably 6 months prior to that. So I take the blame for that delay. In retrospect, I wish I'd have had it sooner.

One thing to note is that I wasn't drinking it from a can. I had a bottle. Not sure if that matters with the disappearing stories you mentioned, but my bottle certainly had a story. How could I have made that part up? LOL.

Anonymous said...

The reason you didn't see Gansett in Rochester NY (Upstate) Gansett was a Rhode Island beer from 1890 till now. The brewery was shuttered in the 1980's and the new owner is having it made in the Genesee Brewery until a new brewery can be built in Rhode Island. I drink canned beer because I collect cans and it stays fresher longer. I always pour it into a glass that is only used for the purpose of drinking beer. -John

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey John. Thanks a lot for letting me know that history of the brewery. I know they have a lot!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Here's the scoop. A friend of mine represents this brand for the distributor in Orlando. So I asked about the story on the label.

With the freshest of freshest beers, delivered today, the cans DO have the stories on them, but the bottles DO NOT have them.

Personally, I think the cute little stories probably add value, but that's just me.

Anonymous said...

you have never heard of it even though your from upstate New York because the brewery was in Rhode Island and has only been in Rochester for a few years

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Exactly. I'm sure you are right. I actually am from PA and lived in Ithaca for 4 years during college.

Thanks for commenting.